Saturday, February 11, 2012

Changing Viewpoints?

There are a lot of changes these days going on in our world and our society. . . 
Not all of them good, not all of the bad.  But I admit it openly and honestly, as I delve into God's word it makes me stop and think and wonder about a lot of what I see happening.

I'm not here to preach the end is near.  . . only God knows when that is coming.  But I do wonder about the state of our nation, world, and on a smaller scale our lives.   We are told repeatedly throughout the New Testament to be Residential Aliens - in the world but no of the world.  And yet the world is pulling us towards it's ideals and thoughts.  If I told you that I don't spend many days wondering about our world and what we are to think of it, I would not be honest. 

Homosexuality, Transgender, one night stands, science, atheism and paganism being embraced, prostitution is running rampant, infidelity and divorce are rampant.   Our country is about being accepting and to some degrees I can't argue with that.  Especially since I believe we are called to be Grace to those in this world who do not know God's Grace.  But where does grace end and caving in to the world begin?  When is the line crossed or blurred so much that we lose sight of what is truly important - Eternal peace and life with Christ? 

This is not a blog meant to condemn anyone . . . I am not perfect in anyway and Jesus was quite clear in Matthew 7: 1 - 3  "Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"  I stand by that.  But to what degree do we sit back and watch as this world falls apart?  At what point do we stand up and say enough is enough? 

We are studying history with Elizabeth these days and we are discussing emigrants (those who are exiting their country to move to another country) and immigrants (those entering the new country after leaving behind their home in the former country) and why so many people came to America. . . They came for freedom to worship as they saw fit, freedom to express their own political viewpoints without being killed or thrown in jail and the freedom to make a new life and hopefully a better life for themselves and their families.  Here's the real question though - at what point is "freedom" a good thing or a bad thing?  At what point do we say, "Yes, you have freedom of speech but just because you can say something doesn't mean you should."  At what point do we decide to fight for our freedom to worship as we choose and stop a President and Congress from slowly warping our country away from everything our forefathers fought for?  When is enough enough and when do we stop wanting to take the easy road of letting the government take care of us and start thinking and acting for ourselves and our own well-being.  At what point is charity go from being a good thing to a bad thing?   When do we stop being a crutch for those in need to continue on the path or using free government money and when do we say, it's time for you to go get a job and pull your own weight?   When do we ask, why do we have a president who does not respect our country and it's history and why did we elect a man who is turning our country into a socialist country? 

Part of the reason so many wish to come to our country is because we offer a chance to start over again.  People come to America for operations and medical care because we do not have socialized medicine and it is very competitive and people are encouraged to keep searching for newer and better ideas and concepts to solve our problems and help ease them.  

Tonight's blog is just about asking the tough questions and trying to figure out where we each stand on issues. 
I hope you all have a good weekend.
In Christ,
Maureen

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